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Warning on internet scams

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Warning on internet scams

Post by Misfit » Fri October 3rd, 2008, 2:27 pm

Thought I'd share this story from one of our local stations, along with a warning from the FTC on the same subject. I also heard this mentioned recently at a seminar I attended about fraud. The same group of Nigerian scammers (I'm sure some of you have seen those emails) are extremely active with this new method on ebay, Craig's list and other sites. One example mentioned was that these people would even respond to ads by college kids seeking a roommate send more money than needed and ask for the remainder to be wired back.

Note, once you've wired that money out of the country no one's going to be able to help you get it back for you -- it's gone.

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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Fri October 3rd, 2008, 4:29 pm

We have been cleaning up a bit of mess on this scam, because several times my husband's name/address was on the bogus checks. After they had scammed several people, it was traced to a middleman in Santa Rosa (same name as my hubby) who was selling the scam to overseas people for a cut.

Some people (or in two cases, their parents and in one case of an elderly lady, he son) were wise enough to look up the phone number for the address and give us a call. One note, tho- the one thing they had in common was that they were asking way too much for their sale items to begin with, which might have signaled to the scammers that these people were either very naive or greedy enough to fall for their bait. I suspect college students looking for roommates fall into the same category.

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Post by SonjaMarie » Fri October 3rd, 2008, 5:32 pm

My mom almost fell for a scam a few years ago, she want me to give her money so she could get this inheritance she supposedly was supposed to receive, she even exchanged a few emails with the person. When I finally found out I explained that that it was a scam and she was very embarrassed.

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Post by Divia » Sat October 4th, 2008, 1:40 am

People are trusting. I will confess I fell for it once. Way back in the day before all these warnings came out I thought ebay was trying to contact me. :o I was stupid. But then my wallet was lost so all the information was invalid anyway.
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